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Blues Harp Blast, Blues Harmonica Workshop At Blind Willie’s in Atlanta – Wednesday, Feb. 9 January 24, 2011

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“Groovin’ Like Big Walter” Workshop Focuses On Unique Groove & Techniques
Of The Iconic Big Walter Horton;
Followed By
“Blues Harp Blast” Featuring Dennis Gruenling, Plus Atlanta’s Own Harp Aficionados, Doug “Joe Lee” Bush And Carlos “The Breeze” Capote

ATLANTA, GA- Blues harmonica greats both past and present are featured during the “Groovin Like Big Walter” Workshop and “Blues Harp Blast” events at Blind Willies, 828 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, Wednesday, February 9. Workshop: 7-8:30 p.m. ($40.); Blues Harp Blast: 9:30 p.m.- till? ($10., or $5. with Workshop admission). Info: (404) 873-BLUE (2583) or log onto http://www.blindwilliesblues.com.

The “Groovin’ Like Big Walter” Workshop is a must for fledgling harp players and/or enthusiasts, guaranteed to help you play with more of a groove and better understand the style of one of the giants of blues harmonica, “Big Walter” Horton. To register for the workshop log onto http://www.dennisgruenling.com or http://www.badassharmonica.com. Following the Workshop will be a “Blues Harp Blast,” featuring renowned harpist Dennis Gruenling, plus Atlanta-based harpists Doug “Joe Lee” Bush and Carlos “The Breeze” Capote. All three are backed by guitarist Doug Deming of Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones acclaim.

Dennis Gruenling, who’s been described as “a leading light among the new generation of harp players” by BLUES REVUE Magazine, has been a fixture on the East Coast blues scene for 15 years, having shared the stage with such peers as Pinetop Perkins, Little Charlie The Nightcats, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel and Kim Wilson. Gruenling released “I Just Keep Lovin’ Him,” a tribute to Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame blues-man Little Walter, in 2008. http://www.dennisgruenling.com.

Doug “Joe Lee” Bush was born in Atlanta, Georgia, 1938 and raised with the blues in Atlanta’s West End section of town. Playing harmonica from age 3, he started playing for money at age 15 in the segregated black taverns and clubs scattered over the south-side of the city. Though he chose not to play any harmonica from 1965 to 1990 (he played bass instead, where he could make money), Bush has since resumed playing his beloved harp and is highly regarded in the Blues community at-large. http://www.joeleebushshow.com.

Carlos “The Breeze” Capote fronts The Breeze Kings, who were voted “Atlanta’s Best Blues Band” for three consecutive years. “The Breeze Kings hit you on every level. Driving rhythm, blistering guitar, and the fierce attack of Carlos The Breeze Capote’s harmonica. You have to see them to understand!,” raves Mike Kane, Host of the BLUE SUNDAY Radio Show on Z93 (92.9 FM) in Atlanta. http://www.breezekings.com.



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